Unfortunately, there’s so much noise and misinformation about food, nutrition and physical activity that good advice is often drowned out by bad. But there’s a new book by food and fitness experts Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, FAND, and Bob Murray, PhD, FACSM, coming to the rescue!
Food & Fitness after 50: Eat Well, Move Well, Be Well, translates the latest science on aging, nutrition, and exercise into simple actionable steps. The authors share their personal experiences and offer a common-sense approach to help you learn what it takes to control your food choices and fitness strategies as you navigate your 50s, 60s, 70s, and beyond.
This is not a textbook by two former academics; it goes beyond information on nutrition and fitness and answers your questions with tools and strategies you can use to improve, maintain or enhance your health. Inside you will find:
- Real life stories from adults over 50 and how they overcame challenges
- Self-assessments to help you pinpoint where you can improve your food and fitness decisions
- Practical advice that clarifies the latest science and clears up confusion
- Conversations with nutrition and fitness experts from around the globe
- Successful tips that the authors use every day to eat healthy and stay active
Another important aspect is for us all to focus on what they call the 3 S’s:
Sleep, Stress Management, and Social Connection. All three are important at every age, but more so as we get older. Normal age changes make sleep more fragmented, so be sure to sleep in a cool, dark room. Keep the TV out of the bedroom and stop looking at your cell phone or tablet an hour before you go to sleep. Find ways to cope with stress; you can’t avoid stress, but you can learn to deal with it. Social connections can also keep us healthy, whether it be family, friends, volunteering, or religious affiliations. Staying connected can keep us healthy as we age and can also be stress-busters.
Also, choose quality foods throughout the day. Each meal should be balanced with wholesome foods containing carbohydrates, protein and fats. Here are some examples.
- Carbohydrates: whole grain breads, pasta, and rice; fruits; and vegetables
- High quality protein: lean meat, fish, poultry or eggs, dairy proteins, or plant-based proteins like beans, lentils, peas
- Healthy fats: olive oil or other vegetable oils like canola, sunflower, safflower or soybean oils
Set a personalized road map for getting healthy and staying healthy well past your 50s. Embrace aging, accept the challenges, and gain the confidence to Eat Well, Move Well, and Be Well!
Reduce inflammatory process in cells, tissues, and blood vessels, helping to slow aging and reduce risk of long-term disease.
Prevents and repairs oxidative damage to cells caused by free radicals.
Support the body’s resistance to infection and strengthen immune vigilance and response.
Improves mood, memory, and focus.
Reduces risk factors for common degenerative and age-related diseases.